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NSWSPC Calendar

Fri Aug 26, 2016
Professional Learning Day
Fri Sep 23, 2016
End Term 3
Mon Oct 10, 2016
Term 4 starts
Tue Oct 18, 2016
Executive Meeting
Thu Nov 10, 2016
Retired Principals' lunch - 12 pm
Wed Nov 16, 2016
Executive Meeting
Thu Nov 17, 2016
State Assembly
Fri Nov 18, 2016
Professional Learning Day
Fri Dec 16, 2016
End Term 4
Mon Dec 19, 2016
School Development Day

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Regional and R/G meetings are in the Members area calendar.

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Education Week is an opportunity to build a positive educational narrative

MEDIA RELEASE
5 August 2016

The NSW Secondary Principals' Council (NSW SPC) is the professional body representing Principals of government schools and colleges in NSW that have secondary school enrolments. The Council works closely with senior officials from the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Minister and provides advice on matters relating to public secondary education in NSW.

The NSW SPC believes Education Week 2016 is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of public schools and challenge the growing political rhetoric which suggests Australian schools are failing students. NSW SPC President, Chris Presland, said Education Week highlights the quality, diversity and innovation of public education across NSW. "The theme for Education Week 2016 is 'Shared stories, better learning, stronger communities' and this reflects the broader role public schools play in fostering quality learning and links between the community, students and staff."

"While literacy and numeracy skills are key components of our educational curriculum we also need to see education as being much more than just NAPLAN test scores and PISA rankings. Internationally, we are seeing countries such as China investigating how to incorporate entrepreneurship education into learning while in Finland a key educational outcome is 'happiness'. This suggests a real shift in how we measure educational success and achievement. NSW public schools are leading the way in equipping students with the problem solving, creativity and communication skills to adapt to new technology and innovative practices," Mr Presland said. "This doesn't happen by chance. It is the product of highly skilled teachers engaged in an extremely complex profession."

"Secondary schools in particular have a key responsibility for developing socially responsible, well educated young adults moving into their post schooling life and being educated this century is so much more than just the HSC, literacy and numeracy."

Mr Presland suggested Education Week is an opportunity for the broader community to gain a greater insight into the extraordinary achievements of teachers and students across the state.

"NSW public schools are producing students with highly developed analytical and creative thinking skills who are ready to take their place as successful and engaged global citizens. Education week is a timely reminder that as a community we need to stand up and challenge political rhetoric which sensationalises our education system as in crisis. The NSW public school system is one of the best education systems in the world and this should be celebrated and recognised by our politicians, our community and the media."

Education Week is a celebration of everything NSW public schools achieve in creating innovative and quality learning environments for all students.

Chris Presland
President, NSW Secondary Principals' Council
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Reforms will strengthen the HSC's standing

MEDIA RELEASE
29 July 2016


The NSW Secondary Principals' Council (NSW SPC) is the professional body representing Principals of government schools and colleges in NSW that have secondary school enrolments. The Council works closely with senior officials from the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Minister and provides advice on matters relating to public secondary education in NSW.

The NSW SPC believes changes to the HSC announced by the Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli on 19 July 2016 will ensure the HSC remains a rigorous, relevant credential for NSW students, as well as enhance its already highly recognised status as a quality academic credential.

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NSW Secondary Principals' Council elects new President

MEDIA RELEASE
18 July 2016

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The NSW Secondary Principals' Council (NSWSPC) is pleased to announce the election of Chris Presland as the new President of the NSWSPC. The NSWSPC is the professional body representing Principals of government schools and colleges in NSW that have secondary school enrolments. The Council works closely with senior officials from the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Minister and provides advice on matters relating to public secondary education in NSW.

As Principal of St Clair High School for the past 8 years, Mr Presland said he was delighted to take on the presidency and acknowledged the work of outgoing President Lila Mularczyk whose four-year term has come to an end.

"It is a great honour and privilege to be appointed as President of the NSW Secondary Principals' Council and I thank Lila for her outstanding leadership and dedication in the role over the past four years," Mr Presland said."The success of our organisation is reflected by our history of outstanding leaders. We will carry their work forward by continuing to build partnerships and give policy advice to ensure the NSW public education system remains one of the most highly regarded education systems nationally and internationally."

As Deputy President of the NSWSPC for the past 6 years, Mr Presland believes the influential role of the Council in shaping secondary education in NSW will continue to grow:

"I look forward to taking up the challenges of a new era of educational reform and drawing on the expertise and intellectual capacity of our membership to ensure decisions are made based on the best interests of students in NSW public schools."

Mr Presland's appointment is for an initial term of two years.

 


Close election result shows Gonski funding matters to Australian voters

MEDIA RELEASE
12 July 2016

The NSW Secondary Principals' Council is the professional body representing Principals of government schools and colleges in NSW that have secondary school enrolments. The Council works closely with senior officials from the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Minister and provides advice on matters relating to public secondary education in NSW.

The NSW Secondary Principals' Council believes the close election result highlights the importance the Australian public places on the issue of schools funding. Exit polling by SKY News found that 63 per cent of voters rated education as a "very important" issue, only slightly behind health at 72 per cent, and ahead of economic management at 51 per cent.

NSW Secondary Principals' Council President, Chris Presland, said the Gonski model of school funding was an important issue for voters. "Increased funding and resources are already lifting results for students and the close nature of the election shows that voters want Malcolm Turnbull's government to commit to the full six years of Gonski funding."

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2016 Bill Kennedy Medal

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The Bill Kennedy Medal was initiated at the 2008 NSW SPC Annual Conference and is awarded to a member of the NSWSPC or a Life Member of the NSWSPC who has given significant service to the organisation over a sustained period of time. The 2016 Bill Kennedy recipient has given service of distinction and merit that has invigorated, supported and inspired principals of NSW public schools.

The 2016 awardee is Chris Bonnor AM, a former President of the NSW Secondary Principals' Council who has continued to be a fearless advocate for public education as a Life Member of the SPC. Indeed, he represents everything a public school educator should be: a passionate educator and an inspirational leader committed to advancing public education.

Chris is highly regarded for his nuanced and sophisticated analysis and research about education funding and outcomes in Australian schools. He contributes frequently to debates on education issues and is an important, articulate and well researched voice within the Australian media. He has co-authored two books dealing with policy and quality of schooling and continues to advocate for the importance and necessity of the Gonski school funding model. Chris continues to be a formidable asset to the NSW Secondary Principals' Council and his support and commitment to the equitable and fair funding of schools in NSW is to be commended.

For these reasons, and for many more, we are proud to award Chris Bonnor the 2016 Bill Kennedy Medal. Chris embodies the spirit of the Bill Kennedy Medal. He has clearly and consistently displayed vision, integrity, compassion, energy and conviction. Chris is a worthy winner of this award in recognition of his outstanding service to the NSW Secondary Principals' Council

 

2016 Academy Photography Fellowship

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Awarded to Paul Owens - Principal
Kirrawee High School

 The Academy Photography Fellowship provides funding to the amount of $4000 annually to be used for the purpose of educational research.

The aim of Paul's research seeks to better understand the relationship between the core measures that variably help to inform effective teaching and learning: achievement, aptitude, self-efficacy, motivation and engagement, and the Schools Excellence Framework.

He writes ...

There has been mounting evidence over recent years that, once factors beyond a school's control are accounted for (e.g. parents' level of education, SES), expectation and educational outcomes are neither dependent on, nor influenced by, the educational destination of students: Public, Catholic or Independent (Bonnor and Shepherd 2016, Cobbold 2015, Mulheron 2015). These findings reaffirm the efficacy of, and confidence in, public education and the very broad cross section of society that it represents. Indeed, there is little dispute that public education outcomes reflect the widest range of achievement standards, cultural diversity, learning challenges, and intrinsic motivations. The deeper question remains however, which of these factors, or even more likely, the interaction of these factors, would more readily buttress confidence in public education and therefore help predict student and school success within the public education system?

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TURNBULL TURNS HIS BACK ON AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL STUDENTS.

MEDIA RELEASE
Sunday 1 May 2016.

Malcolm Turnbull has rejected the entitlement of every child in an Australian School to access quality needs-based education and abandoned students most in need.

The Gonski Review provided a thoroughly researched series of School Funding recommendations for all students, in all schools across all Australian educational jurisdictions, states and territories and the Coalition should be funding the full six years of Gonski.

“Students in my school and thousands of other young people in our schools nationally will not get the individual and relevant additional learning support that they need and deserve,” said Lila Mularczyk, President, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council and Principal, Merrylands High School.

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